Peripheral neuropathy is a painful condition that affects millions of people each year in the United States. It occurs when damage or disease has occurred in the nerves that carry messages from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body.
Peripheral nerves originate in the spinal cord and flow out along lines in the body known as dermatomes. When one of these nerves becomes damaged, it can affect one or more dermatomes, causing pain to then radiate out to specific areas of the body.
This type of nerve damage can interrupt communication between the brain and other parts of the body. It also can impair muscle movement, inhibit normal feeling in the arms and legs, and cause pain which can sometimes be intense.
Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy
People develop peripheral neuropathy for many different reasons. It can be acquired through diabetes, poor nutrition, disease, or infection. It also can be hereditary, although this is not as common.
And in some instances, the original cause of peripheral neuropathy is never determined. This is called idiopathic neuropathy and as many as a third of all people in Manahawkin, NJ, with peripheral neuropathy fall into this category.
Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy
While pain medications can temporarily relieve pain, they may also produce undesirable side effects or even result in dependence of the drugs.
That’s why we offer alternative therapies for opioid-free acute, sub-acute and or chronic pain patients.
One of the most effective non-surgical, drug-free treatments we offer is Electroanalgesia (EA) by NeuroMed. This revolutionary pain management system delivers precise dosages of electrical energy that provides stimulation to peripheral nerves (the nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to limbs and organs) to block your pain.
If you have ever had physical therapy, you may be familiar with TENS (Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation), an external device that reduces pain by applying low voltage of electricity and low dosage through small electrodes placed over the skin. For example, TENS units deliver 1 to 250 pulses per second, and delivers about 25 Ma dosage.
Similar in concept to TENS unit in delivering stimulation, Electroanalgesic treatments also use high electrical energy 8,300 to 10,000 pulses per second (frequencies) and also high dosage of energy (as high as 100Ma) to block pain. Due to lowered skin resistance, this electrical energy is delivered deeper into the patient’s tissue to block pain signals.
Rather than stimulate the nerves like a TENS unit, higher frequency energy and higher dosage of energy can reduce the ability of the affected nerves to transmit pain signals and, at the same time, promote healing. It’s like a nerve block with electrical energy instead of an injection (such as an epidural). With the correct dosage and electrodes, Electroanaglesia (EA) can safely and effectively decrease pain intensity, providing patients with an improved quality of life.
Hospitals, Universities & Medical Centers have been utilizing Electroanalgesia (EA) Technology to treat pain patients:
- Columbia University, New York, NY
- The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
- Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA
- Charles R. Drew Univ. of Medicine &Science, LA, CA
As well as over 3,500 physicians nationally are now successfully using electroanalgesic medicine as an effective treatment for pain management.
We are proud to offer the only NeuroMed Electroanaglesia machine in our area, and we are highly skilled in administering this treatment.
If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy, our expert team can help relieve your pain. Contact us today to request an appointment. We can help you feel better fast!